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DAFM National Call 2013 13F507 NUIG (UCC, TCD, AIT, Teagasc) €999,726

Project Title:

Development of a Water Use and Waste Management Framework for the Dairy Processing Industry

Project Coordinator:

Dr Xinmin Zhan

Project Abstract

The abolition of EU milk quotas in 2015 will offer increased prospects for the Irish dairy industry. A growth of 50% in milk production by 2020 is expected. This will challenge the dairy industry and significant improvements of resource efficiency in water and energy, and waste management are required. This project aims to identify effective and sustainable technologies, which will treat dairy waste and reduce water usage in the dairy processing sector. We propose to examine NUIG-developed intermittently aerated sequencing batch reactor (IASBR) technology and TCD-developed nanomaterials for removing biochemical oxygen demand, nitrogen and phosphorus from the dairy effluent to reach the discharge standard. Water reuse and rainwater harvesting technologies, integrated with pulsed UV systems developed by Athlone IT and NUIG, will be investigated to enable water use reduction. Life cycle analysis of water use and dairy waste management will be conducted and will assess the advantage of using the proposed technologies. A cost-benefit analysis will also be undertaken. Results from this project will be disseminated enabling adoption by stakeholders. This project will be alignment with national and international policies by turning wastes into resources.

Final Report:

Not available yet.